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It's important to stay active and healthy, even during stay-at-home orders. We've outlined ways for you and your family to safely stay active, explore nature, connect with others and learn about the world around you. We'll continue to add resources to this page, so be sure to check back for more.


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Stay Active

FOR ADULTS

Free Virtual Fitness

Try a yoga class on us! 

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Virtual Fitness Sessions

Join us online for the classes and instructors you know to stay fit and connect with fellow community members. Classes include adult fitness, family dance fitness, and youth ballet.

Pricing:
$10 per 4-week session
 
How to Register:
Online at grandrapidsmi.gov/recgr
Over the phone at 616.456.3696, option 1

How to Attend:
All classes are happening on Zoom video conferencing software. Download the app for your device before attending.
After registering on our website or over the phone, you'll receive a unique password to use when joining the Zoom meeting. Your instructor will verify your name with the roster and allow you into the meeting upon joining

Yoga

Basic Yoga 

Discover your inner yogi in a class that builds strength and body awareness. Begin with gentle stretching and move to flowing through and holding poses. Class will come to a restful end.

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Gentle Yoga 

A balanced practice that will center you, leaving your body feeling open and relaxed. Basic poses and a slower flow unlock body tension, strengthen your core and help you tune into personal peace.

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Vital Movement

Strength, flexibility and balance are vital to our well-being. This class combines yoga stretches and poses (from the chair and standing only), along with light core work. No mat required. Perfect for anyone needing to stretch, improve their range of motion, or modify their practice as they recover from injuries. This class is great for any age, especially those 50+. 

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Cardio

Cardio Bootcamp

Get ready to push yourself harder than you would on your own. With a mix of strength and cardio, this class is developed to help you improve your body composition, strength and endurance. Each week’s workout will vary, challenging your body in different ways.

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STRONG Nation

A non-dance based workout combining high intensity interval training (HIIT), body-weight exercises, and cardio moves. In every class, music and moves sync in a way that push you past your limits and reach your fitness goals.

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POUND

Using Ripstix®, lightly weighted drumsticks engineered specifically for exercising, POUND® transforms drumming into an incredibly effective way of working out.

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Strong30

STRONG30 packs a total body workout into 30 minutes. It combines HIIT (high intensity interval training), body weight exercises, and cardio moves. In every class, the music and moves sync together in a way to help push you past your limits and reach your fitness goals. 

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Dance Fitness

Groove

Sweat away stress and dance some joy into your heart while following simple steps and easy toning moves. Groove is perfect for anyone who wants to add some fun into their current workout routine. If you like to move to a variety of great music, this class is for you!

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Zumba

A fusion of Latin and International music. This class combines high-energy and motivating music with unique moves and combinations. 

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Other Resources 

Nike Training Club

Free workout, yoga and targeted training videos for all abilities. 

Visit Nike Training Club


Do Yoga With Me

Free yoga training videos for all fitness goals and levels.

Visit Do Yoga With Me

FOR KIDS AND FAMILIES

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Free yoga video for kids.

Visit Cosmic Kids Yoga


Fitness Blender for Kids

Free 25-minute fitness video for kids and adults to do together. 

Watch the Video


87 Energy Busting Indoor Games and Activities for Kids

Easy activities and games to play at home.

See the List


Go Noodle

Movement and mindfulness videos for kids.

Visit Go Noodle


Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW)

Weekly virtual read-aloud sessions, science demonstrations, and art tutorials.

Visit LGROW on Facebook


Nomster Chef 

Illustrated recipes designed to help kids age 2-12 cook with their grown-ups. Recipes encourage culinary skills, literacy, math, and science.

Visit Nomster Chef


Grandville Avenue Arts & Humanities (GAAH)

Daily simple craft ideas to do at home with kids. 

Visit GAAH on Facebook


West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)

Environmental education resources and activities for all ages. 

Visit WMEAC


Relax at Rosa Home

The popular free downtown concert series goes virtual for lunchtime music entertainment at home. Have a dance party in your living room!

See the Concert Line-up


 

River For All

Coloring pages, dot-to-dots and trivia about the Grand River ecosystem.

Visit River for All

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

Visit a Grand Rapids Park

Parks and open spaces are open for outdoor recreation during the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order. Walk, bike, run, or play in an open space away from other visitors. When you visit, please follow these social distancing guidelines:

  • Wash your hands before and after visiting. Carry hand sanitizer
  • Don’t visit public spaces if you’re ill or have been in contact with someone who is
  • Maintain the CDC’s recommended 6 feet of distance with others
  • Bring your own water and avoid public restrooms if possible to avoid exposure
  • Minimize your contact with shared surfaces. Go hiking or play games in open green spaces
  • Don’t use playground equipment. Avoid public equipment for your health and safety
  • Only visit parks with people from your own household
  • If the parking lot is more than half full, consider visiting a new park. Find a list of all City parks by visiting the Parks Directory

Visit a Park From Home With Virtual Tours

You don't have to leave the house to enjoy the beauty of our City parks. Explore our virtual tours below.

Aman Park

Ball Perkins Park

Ken-O-Sha Park

Richmond Park

Highland Park

MacKay-Jaycees Park

Mulick Park


Go on a Nature Scavenger Hunt

This printable spring scavenger hunt can be used during your next visit to a park, trail, or even your backyard.

Download the Scavenger Hunt(PDF, 1MB)


Start a Garden

Michigan State University's "Gardening in Michigan" extension is offering live beginner gardening tips to help you get started.

Watch Gardening Live! Videos

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Stay Connected

WAYS TO CONNECT VIRTUALLY

Call or video chat family members and friends

Have a virtual family gathering over the phone. Check in and chat with family members who live alone.


Write a Letter

Reconnect with family members through letters. Mail a handwritten note, homemade card or drawing. 


Pen Pals

Communicate with others around the world through Penpals.io.


Virtual Play Dates

Have a virtual play date through FaceTime, Zoom, Facebook Messenger or your preferred video chat software. Play games that can be enjoyed over the phone and through video.

 

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Exercise Your Brain

EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Audubon for Kids

Resources and weekly games related to birds and bird watching made specifically for kids. 

Visit Audubon for Kids


Scholastic Learn at Home

Daily projects to keep students engaged and learning. Resources available for grades Pre-K through 9.

Visit Scholastic Learn at Home


PBS Learning

Over 30,000 digital learning resources for students in grades Pre-K through 12.

Visit PBS Learning


Brainscape

Offers over a million flashcard decks for every subject, entrance exam, and certification imaginable.

Visit Brainscape


Conjuguemos

Vocabulary, grammar, listening activities and games in Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, Korean, and Latin.

Visit Conjuguemos


Climate Kids

This NASA initiative covers a wide range of topics including weather, climate, atmosphere, water, energy, plants, and animals. 

Visit Climate Kids


Grand Rapids Public Museum at Home

The GRPM offers various resources accessible from home, including exploring the Museum’s Collection, activities and more. 

Visit GRPM at Home


Virtual NASA Field Trip

Virtual field trip take you inside NASA’s commercial crew program.

Take the Field Trip

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Stay Informed

FOOD RESOURCES

Grand Rapids Public Schools 

Service: Breakfast and lunch available for pick-up for those 18 and under. Not limited to Grand Rapids Public Schools students.

Days/Times: Mondays and Thursdays from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm until further notice

Locations: 

  • City High Middle School (1720 Plainfield Ave. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49505)
  • Ottawa Hills High School (2055 Rosewood Ave. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506)
  • San Juan Diego Academy (1650 Godfrey Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509)
  • Sibley Elementary (943 Sibley St. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504) 

Learn More


Charter Schools

All sites are open from 10:00 am-1:00 pm on the days listed, serving breakfast and lunch to go. 

  • Cross Creek Charter Academy: Monday - Friday
  • Excel Charter Academy: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Knapp Charter Academy: Monday - Friday
  • Ridge Park Charter Academy: Monday - Friday
  • River City Scholars: Monday - Friday
  • Vanguard Charter Academy: Monday and Thursday
  • Vista Charter Academy: Tuesday and Thursday
  • Wellspring Preparatory High School: Monday – Friday

Eastern Avenue Christian Reformed Church

Service: Outlet for individuals in need to obtain a limited supply of food at low cost. A bag of groceries is about $3-5. The food available is typically produce and baked goods.

Days/Times: Saturdays at 7:30 am

Location: 514 Eastern Avenue SE Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Eligibility: No eligibility requirements for service

Application Process: Walk-in

Documents required: None

Call 616-454-4888 to Learn More 


Forest Hills

Breakfast and lunch pick-up.

When: Tuesday and Friday, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Where:


Baxter Community Center Food Pantry

Location: 935 Baxter St SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49506, Phone: (616) 456-8593 

Days: Monday - Friday, serving the Baxter community only.

Learn More


The Green Apple Pantry

Location: 4307 Kalamazoo Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Phone: (616) 455-9411

Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm. Market open during Pantry hours.

Needs/Resources: Boxes

Learn More


Northview Public Schools

Location: Northview High School (4451 Hunsberger Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49525)

Family members or students under 18 can pick up a meal. You do not have to qualify for the Free/Reduced Lunch Program and do not need to be a Northview student.

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays,11:00 am to 12:30 pm


 

North End Community Ministry

Location: 214 Spencer St NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505

Days/Times: Tuesday-Thursday from 9:00am-12:30p.m. No appointment necessary.

From the website: "Clients are to come to the front door (facing Spencer Street NE). They will receive pre-packed boxes with a standard assortment of food. Client information will be taken down by a volunteer, we are still asking clients to bring a valid ID with a valid North East Grand Rapids address (and/or ID with a NE address on a recently dated mail). No delivery at this time, call to inquire about deliveries for special circumstances."

Learn More


SECOM Resource Center

Location: 545 Buchanan Ave SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507

Days/Times: Monday & Tuesday 9:30am-3:45pm; Friday 9:30am-11:45am. Neighbors are to wait in their car or at the bottom of the steps and call (616) 452-7684. Food will be packed and placed outside the front door. 

Learn More 


Streams of Hope Food Center

Location: 280 60th St SE Grand Rapids, MI 49548

Days/Times: Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Thursdays 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Learn More


The Other Way Ministries

Location: 710 Fulton St W Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Days/Times: Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 2:30 pm. Tuesdays, 9:30 - 11:30 am and 12:30 - 6:00 pm.

Learn More


The Salvation Army Social Services

Location: 1215 East Fulton Street E Grand Rapids, MI 49503

Days/Times: Monday-Friday, 9:00 - 11:30 am and 1:00 - 4:00 pm

From the website: "Call (616) 459-9468 and remain in car or outside. Staff will bring food out to client. Clients will be asked to complete a phone assessment and verify with picture ID for the Head of Household. If a person(s) does not have phone access, staff will fill out the documentation and ask client to sit in waiting area for their food order. (We have less chairs in our waiting area, and placed them further apart. We have also done the same thing in our computer room. We also will practice and limit person(s) to 4-6 people at a time, and we have available hand sanitizer to use.)"

Learn More